I haven't blogged in a while, but it hasn't been for lack of trying.
Y'all, I have experienced so many failed cooking & baking attempts recently. It's true.
I wanted to show you a strawberry yogurt bread...
...but it was absolutely tasteless.
Then I wanted to share with you iced strawberry sugar cookies...
...but they just weren't sweet enough.
Are you sensing a theme here? Yes, it's strawberry season, but I was practically wasting an entire container of beautiful, ruby-red berries on one failed recipe after another. And I refuse to post a recipe on here that I didn't absolutely love.
So ten remaining strawberries pleaded with me from the refrigerator to use them with purpose and save them from a fate of the trashcan. And while Husband and I sat reading the last few chapters of our books, Memoirs of a Geisha and The Lost Symbol,* a lovely little cocktail seemed in order.
*I'll let you guess who is reading what.
A little bourbon, lemon juice and honey later, an epic success was shaken up and served chilled--a rather appropriate cocktail, in fact, to usher in Husband's next reading choice, The Wettest County in the World by Matt Bondourant, a true story about moonshiners during the Prohibition.
Whether you're sitting poolside and need a sweet summer cocktail or turning the pages of a favorite book on a lazy Sunday afternoon, this cocktail is meant to be sipped slowly--it has the equivalent of two shots of bourbon, y'all. Slightly sweet and slightly tart, it's the perfect summery boozy drink.
Prep time: 5-10 minutes
Yields: 2 cocktails
- 4 Tbsp. (about 10 strawberries worth) strawberry puree *directions below
- juice of 1 lemon
- 6 oz. of high-quality bourbon
- 2 Tbsp. pure honey
- dash of ground cinnamon
- ice cubes and a shaker
- Wash and trim the tops off of your strawberries. Add the berries to a food processor or blender and blend until liquified.
- Add your strawberry puree, lemon juice, bourbon, honey, cinnamon and ice to a drink shaker. Shake vigorously for 5-10 seconds and serve immediately. You can garnish it with sliced lemons or strawberries.